Renton - Boeing has finished assembling the 10,000th 737, a record in aviation history. The 737 is a MAX 8 and will be delivered to the 737's largest operator in the world, the low-cost Southwest Airlines.
On Marc 13, the American aircraft manufacturer celebrated the assembly of its 10,000th 737 with its employees at the Renton plant. The achievement makes 737 the most produced jet in the world. The record has been officially recognized by Guinness.
It took Boeing nearly 40 years to reach the 5,000 copies. It was 2006, and the event had already been a Guinness record. As a result of growing market demand and accelerating production, Boeing has produced the 10,000th copy 12 years later.
The success of the single-aisle has not been denied in its history. 20 years after its first test flight in April 1967, the 737 became the most demanded aircraft in the aviation history.
The threshold of 10,000 orders is crossed in July 2012. The story is not over, and Boeing is about to increase the production rate of the 737. It will increase from 47 to 52 planes a month before the end of the year. The order book is well stocked. More than 4,600, 737 remain to be delivered, mostly 737 MAX.
MAX series is the 4th generation of the 737 family. The first generation was the "Original" (-100 and -200 series). It was followed by the "Classic" in 1984 (series -300, -400 and -500). The third is the "Next Generation" in 1993 (series -600, -700, -800 and -900) and finally the " MAX " in 2011. The MAX family currently holds more than 4,300 firm orders from more than 90 customers worldwide.
The 10,000th 737 is a MAX 8 that will be delivered to Southwest Airlines. The Dallas-based company is the first and the largest 737 operator in the world, with 712 737-700 / 800 / MAX8 in its fleet.